Our Staff

J. Bruce Fuller, Ph.D.

J. Bruce Fuller is a Louisiana native. His chapbooks include The Dissenter’s Ground, Lancelot, and Flood, and his poems have appeared at The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, McNeese Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature, among others. He has received scholarships from Bread Loaf, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Stanford University, where he was a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry.

Managing Editor / Designer
Pete “PJ” Carlisle, Ph.D.

PJ’s cross-genre creative work has won numerous prizes–including the Internal Award for Fiction (Innovative Novel) at Bard College, the Turow-Kinder Prize (Novella), and the AWP Journals Project Award in Fiction; it has appeared in journals such as ThicketsQuarterly West, and Passages North. His book reviews have appeared in Western Humanities Review and Lambda Literary Review. He is a Fiction Fellow of the Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices and was awarded the Herbert Woodward Martin Post-Doc Fellow for Inclusion, Diversity, and Creative Writing at the University of Dayton.

PJ majored in art and design at NYU and taught for Horizons: The New England Craft Program (now Snow Farm) in both the Massachusetts (US) and Avignon (France) studios. Before coming to TRP, he was the Coordinator of Dayton LitFest, taught for the Antioch Writers Workshops, and was appointed Assistant Professor of English at Central State University. As a freelance editor, he has even managed color teams (via ZOOM) and designed e-books for tech companies’ proposals with the US Military, RTOC, and DOD.

He holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah where he served as Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review. Interests beyond poetry and prose include: Gender (Critical Masculinities), Sexuality, Race, Class, and Disability in the Media; Zine-Making; and Poststructuralist Feminist and Queer Theory.

2020-2021 Graduate Interns

Karisma Tobin, Assistant to the Director

Karisma (Charlie) Tobin grew up in the mountains of New Mexico and Alaska. She is an MFA and MA candidate at Sam Houston State University. Her work appears in Plainsongs, and Interim, among others.

Marilyn Comer, Assistant to the Director

Marilyn Comer is an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University. Her work has been published in the Beacon and the Inkling and forthcoming in the Texas Review. Currently, she works as assistant to the director at Texas Review Press.

Megan McKinley, Publicist

Megan McKinley is an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University. She graduated from University of Iowa in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelors in English and Creative Writing. She specializes in creative nonfiction essays, but she has yet to have any of her work published. She is currently a publishing assistant at Texas Review Press.

Stephanie Savell, Editorial Assistant

Stephanie Savell is an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University. Her novel Paper Hearts was published by Medallion Press in 2014 under their Ya-Ya imprint. Her other work has been published in Vox PopuliBeacon magazine, and is forthcoming in Aquifer: The Florida Review. She is currently the assistant editor at The Texas Review and an editorial assistant at Texas Review Press.

Madison Hines, Publishing Assistant

Madison Hines is an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University. Her work has appeared in Beacon and Plain China: Anthology of the Best Undergraduate Writing. She is currently a publishing assistant at Texas Review Press.

Interns Emeritus


Marilyn Comer

Madison Hines

Megan McKinley

Stephanie Savell

Karisma (Charlie) Tobin


Mackenzie Campbell

Marilyn Comer

Bradley Alan Ivey

Karisma (Charlie) Tobin


Amanda Baboolal

Laura Bennett Brackin

Jared Hanks

Bradley Alan Ivey

Karisma (Charlie) Tobin

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